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Florence Rome Trip Report 2010

by on March 24, 2010 · 14 comments

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I hope this is helpful to anyone planning a trip to Italy. This was our second time, so I’m starting to feel more experienced and confident about sharing information. Now if only I could speak the language. One question a few people have asked is if not knowing Italian is a problem. In my experience, […]

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Published on March 24, 2010
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On our first night in Florence — somewhere between a visit to the Palatina Gallery and dinner at Trattoria 4 Leoni, we ducked into a bookshop in the Oltrarno. It was cold that evening and we were very hungry, but our dinner reservation wasn’t until 7:30. The selection of English books was pretty limited, but there […]

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Published on March 23, 2010
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Next time you burn a batch of biscotti, pat yourself on the back and say “This is the way they make it in Rome.” Or at least at one very special bakery, Antico Forno del Ghetto where everything is just a touch burnt. Antico Forno del Ghetto is in the Jewish Ghetto located at the […]

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Published on March 22, 2010
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Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary Photos

by on March 19, 2010 · 5 comments

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Here are a few photos I took yesterday at the cat sanctuary at Torre Argentina. You can go there to see the ancient ruins or to play with cats! We did a little of both. Fuzz made friends with a cat named Paloma. Luckily Paloma had already been adopted. These are just a few of […]

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Published on March 19, 2010
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Pane del Pescatore

by on March 19, 2010 · 13 comments

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Here’s a picture of the cookies I bought a few days ago in Florence. At the bakery they were labeled “pescatore” but it seems the proper name is “pan del pescatore” which translates to something like “bread of the fisherman”. The cookies stay fresh for a long time so you can take them on fishing trips […]

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Published on March 19, 2010
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Good Morning from Rome

by on March 19, 2010 · 3 comments

I’m limiting my computer time which is why pictures are so random and sporadic, but I wanted to say thanks to everyone following this little adventure.  If you are going to Rome and Florence in the near future, feel free to email me in the upcoming weeks and maybe I can offer tips or experience.  […]

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Published on March 19, 2010
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A Few Photos from Chianti

by on March 18, 2010 · 6 comments

Hello from Rome, We left Florence yesterday after a full 4 night visit and arrived in Rome this afternoon via  Eurorail. Train travel here is quite pleasant and first class tickets don’t cost an arm and a leg so you can really relax and enjoy yourself while going from city to city. So we are […]

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Published on March 18, 2010
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A Few Florence Photos

by on March 17, 2010 · 17 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Nobody’s mentioned it here in Florence, or maybe they have and I just didn’t understand it in Italian. Or maybe it’s too early — it’s 7:00 AM and I’m posting some pictures before we have breakfast in our pensione and meet our driver, Guido, for a tour of Tuscany. I think […]

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Published on March 17, 2010